Restaurant

Name: Gandhi's
Status: Closed
Area: Holborn
Address: 35 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8PG
Phone: 020 7831 6208
Website: www.gandhisholborn.com

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Jun 2011|2. 24 Apr 2014


Mark (right) looks distraught that Graeme can only make a virtual appearance due to his recent health scare.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 135 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Jun 2011
Cost per head: £25.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.1 6.5 6.7 5.8 6.9 6.6 7.0 6.9 7.4 6.74
Richard 8 8 7 7 5 4 7 6 8 6.7 See Richard's comments
John 6 6 6 5 9 8 9 9 8 7.4 See John's comments
Jeff 8 6 7 6 8 6 7 6 7 6.8 See Jeff's comments
Neil 8 6 6 4 7 8 4 7 6 5.9 See Neil's comments
Mark 8 5 6 4 6 5 7 6 9 6.2 See Mark's comments
Alex 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7.2 See Alex's comments
Dominic 6 8 9 6 6 7 6 8 6.9 See Dominic's comments
Jon 6 7 7 6 8 8 9 8 8 7.5 See Jon's comments
Tim 7 6 5 5 5 7 7 7 6 6.1 See Tim's comments
Brian 6 6 8 7 6 7 6 6.6 See Brian's comments

All Comments

Richard - Nice to have a decent pub right next door to the curry house, well organised Dom. As Wrats said, it was a "traditional" curry house, with dim lighting, friendly service, plastic menus, hot towels, traditional dishes, reasonable pricing. Food was similarly traditional, good but not exceptional – my only complaint was that the plain rice was a bit sticky. I had lamb pasanda, mixed starter. During an amusing evening, we attempted to bring a virtual Graeme to the table, I learned that Essex infant schoolkids are given the Profanisauraus, and that I should be careful dipping my teabags into boiling water.

John - Traditional, non-pretentious sort of place. None of your fancy over-the-top dishes here. I had sheek kebab (small) and Garlic Chicken (excellent although it did generate a few complaints in the Wratten household the following morning) and a plentiful selection of veg.  Overall an enjoyable evening and nice to see a virtual Graeme make an appearance at the end of the evening.

Jeff - A lovely summer evening for a 25 minute walk to Clerkenwell from Bank.  The pub - Yorkshire Grey - was busy and had an interesting mix of people.  A quite quick 3 1/2 pints in 70 minutes left me grateful that Gandhi's was right next door. It's a fairly plain 'old-school curry house' with a red carpet, not a wooden floor, and a wipe clean menu (to Tim's disapprobation) full of the traditional choices, even an actual chicken curry which Griff would have loved if he had bothered to come.  The food was quite good, again not special but with reasonably-sized portions, there was a good nan which I shared with Mark, and my main of sizzling chicken billed as medium-hot was exactly that.  The bill included 20% off negotiated in advance by super-slim Dom.  Overall a solid performance, the sort of place you can find in most high streets - fine by me.

Neil - Below average curry house, didn't get the impression they were trying very hard with the food at all. Very small 'mixed starter' and the main was poor. Strangely, the sides and rice were reasonable; I'd certainly recommend the special rice. Maybe I should have had a Biryani as this would match their strengths. Missed 'The Legend' but he was there in a digital manifestation supplied by iPad and mobile phone. Get well soon Graeme; we need you back to order the rice!

Mark - Like Man U without Fergie, the Stones without Mick or X-Factor without Simon there just seemed to be something missing this evening. New horizons as slim Dom entitced us west(ish) to Gandhi's where I had last visited many years ago. The menu had a pleasant old fashioned selection of dishes and I went for Chicken Tikka to start followed by Lamb Sag. First course was chicken so soft and mushy it made me think it was undercooked or just defrosted? The main meal was far better but I found the rice very dry and was glad to have a good amount of spinach sauce to liven it up. Service was good and the VFM was great but not sure if this was due to low pricing or the absence of "The King Prawn". Made a change to be Billy-no-mates on my train home, lets hope we see the return of Graeme soon. Is the Stench Trench going to replace Country Member, Kylie or Suzi as a regular topic of conversation?

Alex - Generally pretty good and good value. Nothing outstanding but nothing duff either.

Dominic - A first outing to this eatery has it well located with a convenient pub next door. The single room had a good feel to it and the service was mostly good although we needed to call a waiter over on a few occasions. My starter of the Prawns with a bit of a kick was quite good although just a tad bland while my Jalfrezi Fish was spicy and quite plentiful but nothing extraordinary. Rice and sides were good but again nothing extraordinary. The pick of the items was the wine which was well priced and a good variety. An enjoyable night out which was quite good value for money (with the 20% online discount) but not really a venue that stood out. Graeme, we all missed you!!

Jon - I was impressed with the Gandhi.  They were a bit slow with the beer order and the King Prawn Chilli was a little disappointing in terms of size, but other than that, it was top notch.  My main course of Chicken Nezame was excellent, and all the accompaniments were good.  We all missed Graeme as his "cardiac incident" had caused him to break his long unbroken run of attendances, but I'm sure he'll be back on top form soon.

Tim - Disappointing beer selection - no large Kingfisher, and the small one was an outrageous £2.95. Poppadoms were fine, but there was no lime pickle to accompany them. Starter of shami kebab was a bit disappointing: the mini lamb-burgers were a bit hard and dry, and the salad uninspired. Main of chicken nezame was a new one to me. It apparently contained peeled mustard, and was described as fairly hot, though I'm not convinced. It was quite pleasant though. The keema nan tasted a bit burnt, but otherwise tasted OK. I thought the peshwari nan a bit dry. Overall though there were no major complaints, and the VFM was not too bad.

Brian - King Prawn Puri starter was excellent.  Lamb Sag main tasted a bit burnt in places.  Veggies all OK, except the cheesy peas, in which the sauce was too thin. No chapatis was a bit of a let down.


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